Stress in the City of Tucson
In 2012, the City of Tucson updated its analysis of poverty and urban stress. It made use of data gathered by the US Census Bureau at the tract level to calculate measures of relative stress at the neighborhood level. Twenty seven indicators of need and dependency, with an emphasis on housing, were combined into an index. Census tracts within the city were then characterized in terms of the extent to which their stress levels were higher, or lower than the average stress levels across all tracts in the city. This measure of how “neighborhoods” differ from each other tells us nothing about how our neighborhoods compare with others within the state, or within the nation, although the City’s report makes it clear that Tucson does not fare at all well in those comparisons.